Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publisher: JCP Books
Cover Artist: Jordan Castillo Price
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Victor Bayne honed his dubious psychic skills at one of the first psych training facilities in the country, Heliotrope Station, otherwise known as Camp Hell to the psychics who’ve been guests behind its razorwire fence.
Vic discovered that none of the people he remembers from Camp Hell can be found online, and there’s no mention of Heliotrope Station itself, either. Someone’s gone through a lot of trouble to bury the past. But who?
Vic is experiencing, probably for the first time and being aware of it, how it feels to have someone who changes you. Or rather, makes it possible to see yourself differently, with more complexity, more ability and confidence, more everything. Given how most of Vic’s life played out before becoming a cop, and after, this is an extraordinary thing. A beautiful, confusing, overwhelming, oh so welcomed and needed thing. The best part? He’s embracing it, accepting it, living and wanting it more than even just from the time he and Jacob started together. Instead of yet another adversary, or even someone of whom to be wary, Jacob has Vic’s back and Vic wants and needs that, and admits it.
The mystery in this one is more involved, and personal, than in any of the previous books. The whole hospital story and to what it morphed into… shivers so creepy. Which means so fawesomely written.
There is a lot of teasing at what is definitely a larger picture regarding the… whoever the secret organization is. That felt a bit drawn out and wobbly here and there. Maybe too many moving parts.
On the flip side, some of the things we both learn and can’t yet discern about certain aspects of that larger picture, and the people involved, has me looking forward to the next story, fo sho.
Considering Vic was in his mid-twenties when he left Camp Hell, it’s not at all a wonder it’s taken him nearly fifteen years to arrive at the place he now finds himself. That goes for both his talents and his personal life.
Speaking of Jacob, and this ties together, I love how Vic continues to make note of his confidence and that Jacob is that confident. It fits. The family he has as support, he’s in his mid-forties (fist bump, my brotha), and his experience tells him he can handle just about anything. The interesting thing is, so can Vic, but he’s only now beginning to see himself in that way. Maurice, Zig, Stefan, and now even Warrick, have all told him as much.
Things between Vic and Jacob are rough at times but they always, eventually, come together. Double entendre both intended and not. 😉
There’s so much more I could say about this book and this series. Just know you won’t at all be disappointed if you give these a try. Jordan Castillo Price is definitely a top writer for me now.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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